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Cutting a figure : fashioning Black portraiture

Author: Richard J Powell
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Examining painting, photographs, and other representations of black people over the past two centuries, Cutting a Figure argues that these images should be viewed as a category of portraiture distinct from depictions of people with other racial and ethnic backgrounds. The difference, Richard J. Powell contends, stems directly from the black subject's power to subvert dominant racist conventions by evincing such  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Barkley L Hendricks; Donyale Luna; Barkley L Hendricks; Donyale Luna; Barkley L Hendricks
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Powell
ISBN: 9780226677279 0226677273
OCLC Number: 213495397
Description: xvi, 276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : posing while Black --
Interlocutors --
Luna obscura --
Barkley L. Hendricks's Afro-shrine --
The new Black portraiture --
Conclusion : beyond the bodies of evidence.
Responsibility: Richard J. Powell.
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Examining portraits of black people over the past two centuries, this title argues that these images should be viewed as a distinct category of portraiture that differs significantly from depictions  Read more...

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